Nick's 2018 "Play It... Then Decide: Love It or Part With It" List
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The purpose of this list...

These games have gone unplayed for too long! These are games that I have either never played but owned for a while, or I've played them but it has been so long that I can't remember them. With shelf space being at a premium, I don't want to have games in my collection that simply aren't worth playing. If any of these games fall flat for me, they are gone. But if I like them, I'll keep them for at least a couple more years to see if they can make it to the table.

The process...

1 My goal for 2018 is to play ALL 25 of these games and evaluate whether to keep them or offload them.

2 I've arranged them in descending order of their BGG overall rank. The lower the rank, the more important it is to see whether I like them enough to keep them or whether I need to jettison them to make space for better games.

3 I'll try these games any way I can (even if I have to play them solo as multiple players). However, I have looked into optimal number of players for these. I figure I have the best chance of enjoying the game if played at the most optimal number. The * symbol is used to denote "best" numbers of players.

The possible outcomes:
heart = Love it. Keeping it.     thumbsup = Keeping it for more plays before deciding.     thumbsdown = It's outta here!


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1. Board Game: Tetris: The Card Game [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:14977]
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2. Board Game: Knock! Knock! [Average Rating:5.45 Overall Rank:13026]
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3. Board Game: BoardGameGeek: The Card Game [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:12159]
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4. Board Game: Ever Green [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:11789]
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5. Board Game: Cleopatra's Caboose [Average Rating:5.55 Overall Rank:12008]
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6. Board Game: Clocktowers [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:7220]
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(January 2018)


Outcome = heart

This is a really cute and well designed little game. Given the small box size (it's just a deck of cards in a small tuckbox), there is NO reason to eliminate this from my collection. Will probably play with my family.
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7. Board Game: Genji [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:6425]
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8. Board Game: Fruit Spy [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:6087]
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9. Board Game: Master of Rules [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:5780]
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# of players to try it with: 5

I actually think this looks like a decent game. But from the rules, I can tell it is ONLY good with 5 players. In fact, it feels like the other player options given were added as alternate rules for marketing purposes when the game should just say, "5 players only."
 
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10. Board Game: Take Stock [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:5671]
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11. Board Game: Honor of the Samurai [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:5084]
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12. Board Game: Saga [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:4858]
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13. Board Game: Industry [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:4035]
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14. Board Game: Owner's Choice [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:3730]
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15. Board Game: Skyline 3000 [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:3272]
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16. Board Game: Chang Cheng [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:3035]
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17. Board Game: Road Kill Rally [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2477]
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18. Board Game: Gonzaga [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:2301]
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19. Board Game: Noah [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:2271]
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20. Board Game: Cities [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:2246]
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21. Board Game: Court of the Medici [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:2168]
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22. Board Game: Aquädukt [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1933]
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23. Board Game: The Golden City [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1663]
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